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How Essential Oils Can Help Heal Your Body

Author, The Essential Oils Apothecary, Harmony, 2021

Eric: Known as Dr. Z; trained as an aromatherapist, public health researcher; chiropractor; co-founder, DrEricZ.com (now www.naturallivingfamily.com), 2014 with wife Sabrina.

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Sabrina: known as “Mama Z”; certified group fitness instructor, health coach, lactation consultant and mastermind behind the recipes and do-it-yourself remedies for their book and website

HEALING POWER OF ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils have been used since ancient times as natural remedies to enhance health and well-being. These oils are extracted directly from the bark, flowers, leaves, resins, and roots of plants. They are highly concentrated plant-based chemical compounds with healing abilities and a viable health care alternative to conventional medicine.

“Just one drop of essential oil contains up to three hundred powerfully life-changing chemicals found naturally in plants that serve to resist disease, attract bees and other pollinators, and protect plants from predators. They are plant-based medicine in their purest form,” shares Dr. Z. Unlike the drugs used to treat chronic disease, essential oils when used properly there are virtually no side effects.

“While infectious diseases like COVID-19 haunt us, this does not diminish the concern over chronic diseases, which are still the leading causes of death and disability worldwide,” says Dr. Z. Conditions such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, dementias, and mental health are advancing across the world. The risk factors for chronic disease are associated with mortality rates in COVID-19 patients. Preventable risk factors include tobacco use, alcohol abuse, sedentary lifestyle, and unbalanced nutrition in addition to other factors:

•    Chronic inflammation which can impair the function of your tissues and organs.

•    Over sanitization reduces the inadequate exposure to microbes and microscopic elements in the environment which makes people more susceptible to viruses and Alzheimer’s.

•    Genotoxins chemicals or agents in the environment that cause damage to genetic material and cause chronic diseases.

•    EMF exposure cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, microwaves and other devices emit radiation that can damage the immune system.

•    Leaky skin is a result of a compromised gut lining which allows toxins and undigested food and bacteria to leak out from your intestinal lining and move through your body via your bloodstream resulting in red, chafed, and thickened skin. DIY household cleaners and body care products can help prevent this condition.

Essential oils are not a quick fix for your body’s conditions. Instead, they enhance your body’s natural ability to heal itself and can improve your experience of treating chronic diseases as well as help you prevent it. However, you must be willing to change your lifestyle in order to live a healthy, abundant life.
    
DIY RECIPES FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT

Dr. Z and Mama Z will discuss how you can promote optimal immune function with essential oils. Below are some of their DIY recipes:

1.    Healthy Hand Sanitizer –Once diluted essential oils are applied to the skin. The individual components can be detected in the bloodstream within five minutes.  

2.    Immune-Boosting Roll-On 

3.    Forest Bathing Inhaler –Inhaling from the bottle or from a few drops on a cloth. This technique carries the oil directly into your respiratory system and mucous membranes. 

•    Use the Immune Boosting Blend to make Healthy Hand Sanitizer (p. 47) and Immune-Boosting Roll-On (p. 52). Research has shown that this blend can kill the flu virus. Essential Oils: cinnamon bark, clove bud, eucalyptus, lemon, orange, rosemary

•    Forest Bathing Blends - Research has shown that essential oils rich in a-pinene and d-limonene increase natural killer cell production (lymphocytes that fight cancer) and enhances immune function. Essential Oils: Douglas fir & orange 

The ancient healing art of “forest bathing” (the ancient Japanese practice of simply “being in nature”) Shinrin-yoku (shinrin meaning “forest,” and yoku meaning “bath” in Japanese) refers to immersing yourself in the forest atmosphere and enjoying nature through your senses. You can bring the outside in with essential oils and obtain the same beneficial constituents that trees and plants release during forest bathing. In doing so, you can reap their powerful benefits: fight cancer, uplift our mood, calm the nervous system, treat illnesses, and strengthen the immune system.

PATH TO WELLNESS

When Eric was young, he was frequently sick. He had bouts of tonsillitis and numerous rounds of antibiotics. He also developed anxiety and fears. By middle school, Eric became withdrawn as he also battled cystic acne. His dermatologist put him on Accutane which has been linked to birth defects, depression and suicidal ideation.  

In high school, Eric had chronic pain in his joints and developed gastrointestinal issues. He attended a local university and at one point realized he wasn’t living the life he wanted to live. “It was like I was falling into a black hole,” he says. Not long after, depression settled in and he started taking over-the-counter medications, alcohol and street narcotics to numb the pain. He stayed out all night partying and masked his inner turmoil with reckless living. He even drank a pot of coffee and smoked a pack of cigarettes to get through the day!

At 22, Eric reached rock bottom and thought of taking his own life. It was then he put his faith in a higher power and his life was forever transformed. “That day, I asked God to free me from all of my addictions. After I had failed numerous times to quit smoking and drugs, God delivered me overnight,” he says.  

Depression and suicidal thoughts disappeared and Eric had a renewed vigor for life. Though God delivered him from alcohol, drugs and depression, Eric still dealt with aches, pains and acne. “Hitting rock bottom then fighting my way back to health, one issue at a time, helped me develop patience, character and perseverance – qualities I value in myself and try to instill in my children every day.”

Sabrina was raised in a Christian home but was trapped in an eating disorder she had suffered with for many years. She was allergic to dairy from childhood and her food problems developed over the years. She was plagued with digestive issues and soon only a few foods would agree with her.

At one point, Mama Z could only eat 4 foods. She would eat what food was served to her, then throw it up because she knew how sick it would make her feel and soon became bulimic. Then when a friend invited her to a non-denominational church service, Mama Z felt the presence of God as she never had before. She was born again on Easter 2004.  

Part of her healing journey involved a 10-day water fast. She prayed for God’s help and weaned herself off the 10 pharmaceuticals doctors had prescribed to deal with her digestive issues, allergies, etc. but her eating disorder still plagued her. For years, Mama Z asked doctors to test her for food sensitivities without success, so she started doing it herself!  She would withdraw a food from her diet then reintroduce it to gauge her body’s response.  

With this experiment, Mama Z learned what she could eat and realized sugar, wheat and dairy were top on the list of foods to avoid.  Once she came to grips with her food allergies, Mama Z prayed over her hands. After meeting Eric at church, Mama Z says their relationship has transformed her health journey. Early in their relationship, Eric cooked for her. The meals were brown and green but her bulimia and food disorders resolved!

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